Clyde & Co Abu Dhabi helps clients to successfully grow and operate in the Middle East.

Clyde & Co enjoys an unrivalled position as one of the longest-standing international law firms in the Middle East. We established our first office in the UAE in 1989 and now have the largest presence of any international law firm in the Middle East with over 40 partners and 300 staff.

We have accumulated over 30 years of deep market knowledge and experience in the sectors in which our clients operate, with particular focus on insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade, as well as aviation, education, defence, finance, healthcare, hospitality, and technology.






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International and domestic clients engage our lawyers across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial needs, including company structuring and governance, policy setting and licensing arrangements, employment and Emiratisation issues, funding, procurement, intellectual property (IP), technology and general commercial contracts.

Our teams also help institutions manage the increased burden of compliance and provide recovery solutions and assistance when clients are faced with cash collection issues.

Notably, we advised on a ground-breaking compulsory medical scheme for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and have advised on numerous high profile property projects and joint ventures in the Emirate. Working with industry leaders in the region endorses our reputation for providing expert practical guidance on how to get things done in what can be a challenging market to navigate.

Our Abu Dhabi office complements a regional footprint that includes offices in Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, Cairo in Egypt and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service commercial offering of local lawyers across most business sectors and practice areas.

Family Businesses

Over recent years, family-owned businesses in the Middle East have continued to experience exponential growth and success, with many having evolved into large and complex multinational conglomerates with an ever-increasing need for the best legal advice.

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What clients say

Extremely good lawyers and very easy to deal with. Very effective at resolving disputes and always a great result. Brilliant in negotiations.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2022

They are very proactive in ensuring that they keep clients up to date on individual matters, but equally on developments in law that affect our business.

Chambers Global, UAE, 2022

They are very attentive and quick to react. They understand our business and have developed strong relationships with us.

Chambers Global, UAE, 2022

They have a strong presence in the Middle East, backed up with a team of lawyers in London too.

Legal 500, EMEA, UAE, 2021

The real estate practice at Clyde & Co is very well balanced, with two strong partners that seem to have complementary experience and expertise.

Legal 500, EMEA, UAE, 2021

An efficient group of experts who only do quality work and really are well qualified in their field.

Chambers Global, UAE, 2021

If anyone asked me who the market leaders are, I’d say Clyde & Co."

Chambers Global, UAE, 2021

Latest awards won

Employment Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2023

International Litigation Firm of the Year - UAE

Chambers Middle East Awards 2023

Construction Law Firm of the Year - UAE

Chambers Middle East Awards 2023

UAE Gold Tier Firm

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - 2023

Law Firm of the Year

Middle East Insurance Industry Award 2022

Insurance Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2022

Employment Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2022

UAE Law Firm of the Year

Who’s Who Legal Awards 2023

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